Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The last weekend before school started we had no plans..... until our friends from Seattle called and said, "Hey, we're camping at Wanapum State Park, why don't you come meet us?"
We said......."OK!"  and off we drove about an hour north to their campsite on the Columbia River with a nice little beach.  It was plenty hot, so after a picnic lunch we headed into the river to cool off. 

Ash didn't love the cold you can tell.

He just wanted the men to hold him.  He LOVES men for some reason, and warmed right up to Tony. 

Tony was Jason's TAC officer in the police academy.  They hit it off and have been friends ever since.  His wife Laura is awesome and we visit them whenever we go to Seattle.

The water felt good, but Ash and I stayed mostly dry. It was the kind of water you have to get used to, and you can't explain that to an 18 month old.

Hunter and McKay had a great time and we had to pull them away from the sand which was quite nice even though it just looks like dirt here.

So glad the Nowacki's called us for one last summer outing!  We also visited the Ginko State Park Petrified Forest since we were in the vicinity.  I forgot to take pictures, but it was cool to see the museum and look at the petrified wood.  I didn't go in the gift shop because I don't think I could have resisted buying some.  Next time.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Jackson, WY

The kids and I went to Jackson for a week to visit my parents and see their new house.  We missed Jason but it was fun to get away for a few days and have fun with the grandparents.   
We went up Snow King and introduced the boys to the Alpine Slide.  They LOVED it.  Here's a few pictures on the ski lift--- which surprisingly didn't scare either one of them (or me as a child) but I was nervous watching them on it!
My Dad with McKay:

Hunter coming down the slide:

We went a few days after my birthday (29 again!  That's 3 years in a row now..... weird), and my parents surprised me with a cake.

We spent some time in Star Valley with my Grandma Clark and hiked the canyon to the intermittant spring.  Ash and my Mom stayed behind while my Dad and I went with the boys and their "Grandma Great."

We made it to the top and pulled out our cups to wait for the water to start coming!  I told the boys it was magic water that would heal the scrapes they obtained while climbing to the top.  We filled up a few water bottles and for a few days the kids kept asking for "magic water."

On another day we drove to Teton Village and took the tram all the way to the top.  It was a little chilly and I forgot to bring jackets.  Oops. 

They were so occupied with being cold they didn't appreciate the view very much.

Later that day we drove to town square and walked around a bit and got ice cream.

On the weekend Raj flew down from Salt Lake and took us canoeing on String Lake. 

We hiked a little, and climbed on the rocks too.

There was a super shallow and warm part of the lake, so we just hopped out of the canoe in the middle of the lake and swam.

Ashton wasn't convinced it was a good idea though, and just sort of stood there.

On Sunday we went to church in my parents ward.....which is kind of my home ward so it was fun to see people I haven't seen in many years.  Then we packed up and flew home.  Ash was great on the airplane with his new stuffed buffalo--- a gift from Grandma Husein.

These two were another story........

I'm kidding.  My boys are awesome travelers and were incredibly good on the trip.  They had an absolute  BLAST visiting their grandparents.  One funny quote from McKay that my Mom told me about---
I was gone running an errand and the older two boys were in the kitchen with my Mom.  She was standing at the sink and they were at the table blissfully eating peaches and ice cream.  McKay sighed and said "I'm going to miss you so much when I go home!"
Then Hunter said:  "What are you talking about?  I'm going home with you."
McKay got annoyed and said:  "I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to Grandma!"
I think they were glad to get home and see their Dad though.  We missed him SO especially.  He had a gift for them when we got home-- these Police tattoos from his department.

They felt so tough when we put them on!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Silverwood and Camping

Hunter earned a free ticket to Silverwood for doing extra reading during the school year, so we decided to try it out for the first time.  I have to say that now we have a new summer tradition! 

We camped about 10 minutes from Couer D'Alene in Farragut State Park, which we LOVED.  We were able to experiece camping and theme park all in one trip, and it was quite nice to kill 2 birds with one stone.  I was bad about pictures, but I did get us making smores since that was the MOST important part of camping for the boys!

We went to the Silverwood theme and water parks the 2nd day of camping.  Hunter and McKay were in heaven all day long.  It didn't even phase them that our truck broke down and their Dad had to deal with that and wasn't with us most of the day.  (Yeah, we had a few bumps along the way.) 
Again, not a lot of pictures, but here's the few I took. 
 Hunter hugging Garfield:

McKay showing off his deputy badge that the "sheriff" gave him on the train ride.  He was the only kid that got singled out during the ride and got one.

The Carousel was the only ride Ashton liked.

He really did like it.  Really.

The next day while Jason was returning our rental car and picking up the truck from the repair shop the kids and I went exploring.  We found a trail and hiked for awhile through the forest.  The kids kept stopping to pick wild flowers for me--- I had a huge bunch by the end of the hike. 

Farragut was really beautiful and I'd like to do this again next summer, and maybe stay one more day.